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Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story (Alaia Chronicles: Legends, #1) Kindle Edition

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"Short but sweet, it delivers wrenching emotion. Kismet is a magnificent hero who hides his wounds behind his power. As usual, Cate Rowan delivers a beautiful tale!" 
--Amazon Review

"Rowan is definitely an author to watch!"
--Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

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  • File Size: 2617 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076F1HD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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★ Cate Rowan: Magically Fantastic Romance ★
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Cate has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over a Mexican beach, swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and had Costa Rican monkeys poop in her hair, but her favorite adventures are in story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magical deeds, kismet and true love in realms near and far have won more than thirty awards.

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When Cate's elementary school teachers assigned creative writing projects, writing became a force in her life. She wrote through high school, particularly when bored in class. (Rumor has it those early pages consisted of fantasies about Duran Duran, but she is silent on the issue and keeps those notebooks from prying eyes.)

She put fiction aside to earn a Ph.D.--but her muse, even while stuffed in a dark closet, never shut up. Now she and her muse and her story people get to play every day. (There might be strawberry mojitos involved, but again, she's not saying.)

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By Ihrtaudbks on February 14, 2012
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I can see why this author finaled in the Golden Heart. Now I want to read more about this world. Cate Rowan really brings her world to life even in this short book. What a great intro to her other books.
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I love Cate Rowan's books, so I immediately snatched up this story when she first published it. What a beautiful and touching beginning set up of the world Cate developed in Kismet's Kiss. I can't wait to read more of Cate Rowan's work!
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This short story is a delightful prequel to Kismet's Kiss, giving the reader a bit of background information on how that world was shaped. It follows the young god Kismet as he challenges his competitive twin brother, and the disastrous results thereof, then takes the reader on a fanciful journey where we get to see how some of the culture developed in the land of Kad while also seeing the very human frailties of an immortal being. Swords and Scimitars is a fairy-tale-like adventure that will entertain even readers new to the series. Another worthy installment from an author who's become an auto-buy for this reader!
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"Swords and Scimitars" is a romance influenced fantasy short story by author Cate Rowan. It's the prequel to "Kismet's Kiss" which is the first book in the "Alaia Chronicles." The tale follows the beginnings of two immortal twin brothers and the tragedy that befalls them. Elder brother Kismet is a brash and headstrong warrior. His slightly younger brother Taso strives to be a knowledgeable scholar. When the two happen upon a powerful and cursed magic blade, Kismet accidently inflicts a dire wound on Taso, draining his very life essence. In an effort to escape his shame, Kismet exiles himself to the land of mortal men where he hopes to right his wrongs. Here are my thoughts on Swords and Scimitars;

Pros

+ Quick and easy read.

+ Accomplished writing style.

+ Author does a nice job at conveying the troubles immortals must face when living amongst and loving mortals.

Cons

- A few of the metaphorical descriptions felt a tad over exaggerated and could be confusing. Examples include "jabbing an ice spear through the gut" or "answer knifed him through the gut." In a fantasy setting where knives and spears are prevalent I found myself doing a double take when reading these passages to verify what was actually happening.

- Title is a bit redundant as a scimitar is a sword.

"Swords and Scimitars" was a well written fantasy short with a dash or romance thrown in. I will admit that I'm slightly embarrassed for reading this (I have a weak spot for Arabian fantasy) as I didn't realize it was geared more towards the romantasy reader. That being said, I can certainly understand the appeal to the other reviewers here. Kismet's tale of grief and redemption was intriguing and well thought out giving readers an in-depth look at the various hardships of immortality.
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I'm already an avid fan of Cate Rowan's Teganne and Kad, so it was especially gratifying to read Kismet's story, the hero from which the world of Kad springs. Short but sweet, it delivers wrenching emotion and handles the topic of multiple wives with great care, so that even the most die-hard romance reader will understand the love between Kismet and his wives. Kismet is a magnificent hero who hides his wounds behind his power. As usual, Cate Rowan delivers a beautiful tale, and I can't wait to read his brother Taso's story!
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Twin brothers born to immortality only to have their lives--and much of what they believe--destroyed in a single moment of youthful foolishness. In this prequel to Cate Rowan's two full-length novels, Kismet's Kiss & The Source of Magic, the groundwork is laid with a deft hand for the fabulous fantasy world she's created. I have only one complaint with this story; IT'S TOO SHORT!!! I hated to have it end. Kudos!
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Love the way this author pulls me into a world of fantasy and makes me reluctant to leave. This short story introduces us to the wonderful world of Kad. I'd previously enjoyed Cate Rowan's full-length novels so was delighted to read this prequel and gain more insight into their history and culture. The writing is smooth, and the story and emotions captivating. Another excellent book in an entertaining series.
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From the first page I was instantly transported into a well developed fantasy world and couldn't put my kindle down until I had finished the last page. Loved the story ! Empathized with both brothers--and the heroine! Great job. I highly recommend to anybody who likes a fast-paced story with heartfelt emotion!!!
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